James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, announced the following students who graduated with honors during the May 2021 commencement exercises:
After taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lyrics on the Lake Songwriters Festival will return Wednesday, June 23, and will run through Sunday, June 27, at multiple venues around Smith Mountain Lake.
Bernard’s Landing recently hosted a ribbon cutting on June 10, welcoming in Bernard House & Pavilion, a venue that can host weddings, prom, class reunions or any type of gathering.
The Bedford County Board of Supervisors in their meeting Monday dealt with a pair of unrelated matters concerning recycling and trash. The recycling matter involved the purchase of recycling containers for the county’s schools; the trash issue addressed concerns about out-of-county residents…
As the Franklin County High School (FCHS) Class of 2021 lined up on June 10, all 465 of them, and walked side by side to their respective seats, they were filled with smiles as they realized they finally made it after a school year filled with many challenges and tribulations.
100+ Women Who Care~SML selected Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County to receive their May 2021 collective donation of more than $14,000, the organization announced Thursday. Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County brings people together to “build homes, community and hope.” 100+ Women Wh…
Three bands have been scheduled for this year’s Ray Judd’s Music in the Park, summer series, sponsored by the Friends of Smith Mountain Lake State Park. They will appear on the fourth Saturdays of the month:
Critical race theory has been a topic of heavy controversy throughout the country and has even been banned from states to be taught in their public schools, mostly recently in Florida. Now, the controversy has made its way to the Franklin County School Board on Monday.
As a safety precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Booker T. Washington National Monument encourages visitors to engage in the Juneteenth Celebration through virtual opportunities.
At 4:02 p.m. Friday, June 11, Virginia State Police responded to a single-vehicle crash on Hardy Road close to a mile south of Bay Rock Marina Road.
Megan Leanne Towles of Bedford is one of 380 students named to the Honor Roll of the Academic Dean at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, North Carolina, for the spring 2021 semester.
Moneta’s Hickory Hill Vineyards winemaker Wendy Furrow-Scott has earned distinction as a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) from the Society of Wine Educators. The certification recognizes her wine knowledge and mastery of key elements within the areas of wine, viticulture and wine production.
On Thursday, May 27, The Gauntlet Business Program & Competition held its 7th Annual Graduation & Awards Ceremony in Vinton, awarding more than 55 area entrepreneurs cash and in-kind prizes to help start or expand their businesses.
“We’re going to make a basketball player out of you.” Those were the last words that Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA) boys basketball coach Mike Greathouse said to Khaleal Coit after their open gym, where he was named player of the day.
Back in 2020, Lighthouse Bible Church (LBC) in Vinton asked area law enforcement agencies to sign large police “Thin Blue Line” flags. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office participated in that signing.
Area pilot Wayne Wagner was the guest speaker at a recent SML Pilots Club meeting in Moneta. Having owned eight different aircraft, his most unusual experience was towing banners for several years in Hawaii. His presentation included video showing him assembling and erecting the various elem…
The Bedford Boys, those fallen heroes of D-Day who are interred in Greenwood Cemetery, were honored on Memorial Day.The ceremony, organized by the Bedford International Alliance (BIA), included relatives who spoke of memories of their lost ones. BIA President Ken Parker is shown delivering o…
Although it was a rainy Saturday, Staunton River High School still pulled through and held its graduation ceremony at Williams Field, located at Liberty University.
A Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy (SMLCA) student died Saturday morning following a deadly vehicle accident Friday night, the Moneta Volunteer Rescue Squad stated.
Danielle Gray of Hardy is the third weekly finalist in the 2021 Lyrics on the Lake Open-Mic Competition, held each Wednesday night at Mango’s Bar and Grill at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta.
More than 400 Smith Mountain Lake residents and visitors took advantage of discounts and specials during the inaugural SML Restaurant Week April 19-May 1.
Bank of Botetourt Board of Directors voted to elect Tommy L. Moore to serve as its new chairman. Moore has been on the board since 1982 and currently serves as the Circuit Court Clerk for Botetourt County.
Appalachian Power reminds property owners at Smith Mountain and Leesville lakes of guidelines to follow prior to removing vegetation along lake shorelines.
On May 25, the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) took ownership of a private water system in the Paradise Point subdivision along Hales Ford Road in Bedford County at Smith Mountain Lake to give residents a more reliable and low maintenance water treatment and distribution system.
Negotiations between Pittsylvania County and Franklin County regarding funding for the Cool Branch Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad are being put on hold as Franklin County leaders further consider their options.
The Wake Cafe, which will be replacing the now closed Dairy Queen, will soon be in business to the citizens and tourists of Smith Mountain Lake. Still under the same ownership, the Wake Cafe will feature all three meals of the day and will still serve soft serve ice cream. More information a…
Boaters are planning to increase their on-water activity this summer, according to a pandemic-influenced survey of 3,500 boaters by the nation’s premier on-water assistance provider Sea Tow Services International.
The Virginia Department of Health’s West Piedmont Health District, in coordination with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and other supporting partners, will hold a mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Rocky Mount this week.
Members of the Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire and Rescue watch Memorial Day fireworks Saturday at Mitchell’s Point Marina. The event was to help raise money for Semper Fi Fund.
“We’re back!” Little Town Players (LTP) stated. “After being dark for more than a year, Little Town Players is beyond thrilled to be opening up and welcoming patrons, entertaining them with live theatre.”
Just before 11 p.m. Saturday, firefighters were dispatched to a residential structure fire on Lighthouse Lane in Huddleston and worked overnight fighting the fire.
Five students from the homeschool community Classical Conversations of Franklin County recently capped months of study by correctly reciting more than 400 facts from a multitude of subjects as part of the Classical Conversations Memory Master program.
A two-vehicle crash that resulted in a fatality occurred at 4:58 p.m. Friday, May 28, on Route 43 one mile north of Route 24 in Bedford County.
Daniel Clay of Roanoke is the latest weekly finalist in the 2021 Lyrics on the Lake Open-Mic Competition on Wednesday night, held at Mango’s Bar and Grill at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta.
The sun was bright and it was a beautiful day on the lake. People started gathering at the amphitheater of the Smith Mountain Lake State Park on a recent Saturday afternoon because lake residents Brenda Gay Shumaker and her husband Doug were celebrating 50 years of marriage.
The Free Clinic of Central Virginia has opened a satellite location in downtown Bedford at 104 Center Street and is now accepting new patients.
Appalachian Power last Wednesday issued two requests for proposals (RFPs) to help the company comply with provisions of the Virginia Clean Economy Act (VCEA). Under the VCEA, Appalachian Power must meet annual interim requirements as it works toward 100 percent carbon-free energy in its Virg…
The State Corporation Commission (SCC) on Tuesday, May 18, approved an increase of about $11 a month for the average Appalachian Power customer as of July 1.
Peter Fisette has been a big fan of the television series Barnwood Builders for some time now. In fact he said at one time, he had nine episodes backed up on a DVR so he didn’t miss an episode. Little did he know, he was going to see himself featured in an episode for a project.
Vinton History Museum volunteers will hand out individually wrapped ice cream treats Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the Ice Cream Social at the museum.
The Bedford International Alliance is holding its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Greenwood Cemetery to honor the Bedford Boys who perished on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Bedford County marked National Economic Development Week from May 9-15 to celebrate the contributions and dedication of economic developers and explain the role of the profession in the local and regional community.